Mottled Pug - Eupithecia exiguata


Wingspan 20-22 mm. Many of the Pugs are very difficult to tell apart but this one is usually distinguishable by the rather pointed wings and broken dark lines along the veins.

Identification difficulty

Woodland fringes, hedgerows and gardens.

When to see it

It flies in May and June.

Life History

The larvae feed on a variety of trees and bushes including Blackthorn and Hawthorn.

UK Status

It is fairly common and widely distributed in Britain but scarce in Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map